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President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Lauri Hussar, who is on a joint visit of the Speakers of Baltic parliaments to Canada and the US, acknowledged Canada’s contribution to the strengthening of the security of the Baltic States and underlined the importance of continued support to Ukraine at the meetings held in the Parliament of Canada.

At the meeting with Speaker of the House of Commons of Canada Greg Fergus in Ottawa, Hussar said that Russia’s aggression against Ukraine was an attack against our values-based world order. “The whole democratic world must make efforts to defend it. We must continue to support Ukraine in every way until Ukraine’s victory. Ukraine is on the front line of the defence of our values,” he said, and added that, besides providing military assistance, it was also necessary to contribute to Ukraine’s reconstruction.

Hussar emphasised that Russia must compensate Ukraine for the damage it has caused with its war of aggression. He pointed out that the Riigikogu was discussing a Bill which would create a legal mechanism to use Russia’s assets frozen under international sanctions to compensate the war damages caused to Ukraine, and emphasised the importance of cooperation with the Parliament of Canada that was debating a similar Bill. Speaking of cooperation in NATO, Hussar underlined the need to do everything possible to bring Ukraine closer to NATO at the Washington Summit in summer.

The Speakers of the Baltic parliaments thanked Canada, as the framework country of the NATO Battlegroup in Latvia, for its contribution to increasing the security of the Baltic States. At the meeting, the Speakers also discussed the strengthening of national defence capabilities, and defence and economic cooperation. The Baltic Speakers also met with members of the Canada-Nordic-Baltic Parliamentary Friendship Group.

The Speakers’ visit will continue in the United States, where they will have meetings with Speaker of the House of Representatives Mike Johnson, former Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Benjamin Cardin, and other members of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Besides Hussar, Speaker of the Saeima (Parliament) of Latvia Daiga Mieriņa and Speaker of the Seimas (Parliament) of Lithuania Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen participate in the joint visit.

Riigikogu Press Service
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